FCC Speed Test App to Help Fix Internet Inequality

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With the transition of broadband Internet from a helpful convenience to a prescient need for modern life and business, it is staggering to consider that access to this resource is not equally distributed. While the U.S. Federal Communications Commission intends to change this, they need data to help them gauge the true scope of the problem. To do so, the FCC is pulling out an application that they first released years ago: FCC Speed Test.

How Important is Broadband Accessibility?

To answer this question, all that is needed is a little reflection. Take a few moments to look at your own online activities—how much of your life is now primarily handled online, through the Internet? Shopping online, keeping in touch with friends and relatives, or (most pertinently to our considerations) working remotely?

The lack of consistent broadband access makes these activities considerably more difficult for many people and businesses, if not eliminating them as options altogether. Therefore, the FCC is rallying behind the FCC Speed Test app they launched in 2013 and pushing for people to install it on their mobile devices.

FCC Speed Test

With enough people downloading and enabling the application, the FCC will be able to better keep track of the areas where Internet service quality is lacking. This will in turn enable funds to be most effectively allocated to where they are most needed.

FCC Speed Test evaluates the upload and download speeds, along with the latency, of your mobile device via a Wi-Fi network or cellular connection. Kicking in once every 24 hours, these tests can be scheduled to meet your itinerary and how much data these evaluations will use.

In addition, the app helps to test connectivity speeds, plotting them out by time and geographic location. In exchange, the app collects some data (like location, IP address, device type, operating system, and ISP) but refrains from collecting any personally identifiable data.

You can also report any lacking speeds to the FCC through the app, adding to the data they collect.

Available for either iOS or Android, this application can be downloaded now. Check out the FCC’s official FAQ page to find out more about it.

With any luck, these kinds of actions will help bring more equitable Internet access to more people, businesses, and organizations. While we wait, we will continue to deliver whatever IT services we can to companies. Give us a call at (516) 536-5006 to find out what we could do for you.

Cisco Global Study: Cloud network migration / mobile security key concerns among IT decision-makers

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The process of ordering new IT services is evolving away from those common methods used in the past, where IT decisions and purchase orders started at the top of the company pyramid.

Today, the shift in planning and control of IT purchases is being driven by departmental needs.

Does HR see a more efficient and secure way, ala Office 365/SharePoint, to store and share employee profiles and information?

What HIPPA compliance measures need to be considered when determine storage and sharing of documents?

If so, their demand may be more urgent than, say, sales; the latter may be okay for the short term using silos of separate info residing on Excel or in Outlook.

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Increasingly, those decisions to purchase new platforms are moving from the traditional top-down approach to accommodate requirements from specific ‘lines of business (LOBs),” like sales and R&D, for example; this, according to a recent global study by Cisco Consulting Services that surveyed 4,000 IT decision makers.

The reason for the shift? Mainly, it has to do with the proliferation of mobile devices and the culture of BYOD in the workplace. As such, there is a recognized need for more control in cloud network migration among departments within an organization or business. In fact, 82 percent of those surveyed by Cisco were planning welcoming more such devices, which in turn would call for compliance and security measures.

For example, if an employee is cleared to use his own mobile device, and changes to another device, what is the policy to track and store sensitive info, particularly if the employee lives the company?

Pandora’s box opens wider with each tech advance. Moreover, by the year 2016 the report expects that cloud services will account for about 27% of IT spending.

To learn more about transition certain services and software functions to the cloud, contact us. Discover why more and more clients are coming to rely on us as their managed service provider.

IT Network Support Why the Options Have Never Been Better for Small Medium Business (SMB)

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It is very difficult in the modern age to understand how dominant the Microsoft Windows brand once was at every level of business. Though Microsoft is still going on strong, it is diversifying its offerings as it must compete with many other tech vendors. This is very different from the 90s and most of the 00s; Microsoft Office mainstays such as Exchange/Outlook as well as varieties of Windows Server (including Microsoft Small Business Server) were pretty much default for SMB IT. Though many enterprises, of all sizes, still depend upon Microsoft products, there is an even split of viable options.

All SMBs are relatively lean. As such, the cost of licensing, hardware, backups, floor space, and personnel can quickly eat into their profit margins. Furthermore, license renewals, forced obsolescence, and evolving IT skill sets require a business to constantly keep up. Most of these problems were endemic to the Microsoft-centric way of managing SMB IT, though in fairness this is true with all on-premises solutions.

Thankfully, a modern business has a multitude of options and flexibility in finding an effective IT solution while still keeping expenses at a minimum:

  • Hosted telecom through technologies such as VoIP.
  • Hosted email through Exchange alternatives.
  • Cloud-based services, either for full-suite IT, or for individual components of IT such as backup/recovery, license/upgrade-free productivity software, or nearly unlimited storage.
  • Fractional CIO services, in which IT consultants attend to computing strategies on a short-term basis, only when they are needed.
  • Fully-managed IT services and service desk – the complete remote outsourcing of all IT functions.

Organizations have different needs, and some may prefer to keep a higher level of control over their IT functions for reasons of trust or security. However, the modern SMB can take comfort in the fact that there are many options for making sure that IT is a driver for success, rather than an impediment.

10 Reasons to Go Paperless

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Managing a business looks much different now than it did a decade ago. As the world becomes increasingly more digital every day, businesses must adapt in order to stay relevant to its employees and customers.

One way to leverage the potential of technology is to migrate your business to a cloud network. This is a dramatic shift away from how business used to be done, but its benefits are many.

Speed

When documents are centralized in a cloud environment, information can be transferred and shared instantly. Interoffice mail envelopes are dependent on the pickup schedule; this system is antiquated and can be easily replaced with a paperless system.

Cost Savings

The Return on Investment (ROI) is significant when you take into consideration the cost of implementing a cloud-based system over annual expenses for paper and printer supplies.

Eliminates Redundancy

We all know what happens where someone prints a memo or other document and finds an error or a necessary amendment – that paper is thrown in the trash and an updated replacement is printed. This creates excessive printing and can cause confusion when employees are receiving multiple versions of the same document. Since cloud documents are retrieved from a central location, they can be updated instantly without creating redundant copies.

Collaboration

Cloud documents can be easily shared and, depending on the system, can even be updated synchronously by multiple employees. Real-time collaboration can take place even when the project spans multiple offices.

Environmentally Friendly

Every company wants to be environmentally friendly but it can result in considerable financial strain. Purchasing products made from recycled materials tend to be more costly and may be of a lower quality. Also, arranging pickup of recyclable waste from your office may also incur additional fees. A paperless environment eliminates these costs, allowing your company to reinvest in ways that will truly improve performance and customer satisfaction.

Accessibility

Data stored in the cloud is accessible at anytime from anywhere. This is ideal for employees who travel or for those who need to access information from a mobile device. This also makes employees more accountable since work can be easily monitored.

Easy to Audit

No one likes an unexpected visit from the IRS, but a searchable cloud system makes it easy to retrieve invoices, receipts, and reports. This same feature can be used for internal audits.

Security

Once a document is printed, it is only as secure as the file cabinet where it is stored. Cloud storage can be encrypted to protect from virtual attacks while still allowing easy and safe access for those who need it.

Centralized Resources

Organizational management is easy with cloud systems since all templates and related materials can be stored in a centralized location.

Disaster Recovery

If you have ever had the misfortune of dealing with a fire, flood, or other natural disaster, you know how chaotic it is to recover important documents and records. With disaster recovery, since cloud data is stored remotely, this is no longer a concern.

Let AE Technology Group assist you with your business’s cloud migration. We provide online common data solutions and business applications that are accessible from a web browser. We can customize a solution that fits your needs. Contact us to learn about the benefits of cloud network migration.

Business Tech and Network Support in New York

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GearsWe fully understand how a small or medium sized business can find it difficult to deploy, maintain and protect their technology. We are your best bet when it comes to business computer network support in Long Island, New York. Why, because here at AE Technology Group our number one goal is to provide your business with reliable computer network support services.

Whatever the size of your budget we have IT support solutions that cover you in a cost effective manner. We offer our services around the clock. What do we mean by around the clock? We mean 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This ensures that your network is constantly monitored and maintained; affording you the benefits of worry free business computer network support in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and beyond. Our network of remote technicians, based strictly out of New York and Florida, can give support to any location. We strive to fully take care of our clients and make sure that all of their technical needs are fulfilled. We consider your scope of business and personalize technical support based on your needs.

As computers and networks continue to grow in complexity, you may experience more technical problems then you would like. Our United States based network support will give you peace of mind knowing we are just a phone call away at any time. Why wait any longer? Pick up the phone today and give us a call to learn more.